Despite intense industry opposition and Congressional inaction, state governments continue to defend the vulnerable from toxic chemical exposure. In 2013, we expect at least 26 states to consider legislation and policy changes that will:
- Restrict or label the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in receipts, children’s products and food packaging.
- Require removal of certain toxic flame retardants from children’s products, home furniture or building materials.
- Change disclosure rules so that concerned consumers will have a way to identify toxic chemicals in products.
- Encourage manufacturers to remove identified toxic chemicals in favor of safer alternatives.
- Ban cadmium, a dangerous, persistent metal that is often found in inexpensive children’s jewelry.
- Ban formaldehyde from cosmetics and children’s products.
- Promote green cleaning products in schools.